Don’t forget Jane Week in Worcester this week!
Tuesday, May 2 — Yefim Bronfman in recital, 7:30 p.m., Mechanics Hall, 321 Main St. Just like Ed Sheeran or the Weeknd, Drake or Taylor Swift, Yefim Bronfman — of course — needs no introduction to the Sun’s ultra-tuned in and musically savvy audience. But just in case … “Fima” is a virtuoso of the keyboard, “internationally recognized as one of today’s most acclaimed and admired pianists.”
He’s won the prestigious Avery Fisher Prize — and a Grammy, too, if you’re into that sort of thing. Featuring a suite from legendary composer Bela Bartok, Bronfman will also play Schumann, Debussy and Stravinsky. Tickets are $49 adults, $17.50 students, $7.50 youth.
Thursday, May 4 — Six Appeal, 7:30 p.m., Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, 2 Southbridge St. A cappella — the global language (I guess). Indeed, this six-piece vocal band — available in original recipe or extra crispy — which hails from the Midwest will make a pit stop in the Heart of the Commonwealth before heading out for a multi-show engagement in China. “A Six Appeal show will split your sides, feed your musical sweet tooth and leave you wondering how in the world they pulled it off with just their voices.”
A cappella groups from Burncoat High (Quadrivium) and Assumption College (Hound Sounds), which won the second annual WEC’appella competition recently, will open the show. Tickets are $20 and $30 ($10 and $20 for students).
Friday, May 5 — Worcester girls and boys lacrosse doubleheader vs. Auburn, 4 and 6 p.m., Foley Stadium, 305 Chandler St. For the last few years Worcester Public Schools have fielded combined lacrosse teams — known as the Warriors — as the sport continues to quickly gain popularity. After a sluggish beginning to this season, the boys have won 3 of their last 4 games in the competitive Mid Mass Conference. The girls are off to an impressive 7-2 start, including a 15-11 win over perennially contending Notre Dame Academy.
Emily Steen netted 8 goals in that game and scored 5 of the Warriors’ 7 goals in their previous matchup (7-6 win) with the Rockets. The boys beat first-year program Auburn, 18-5, last week.
Friday, May 5 — ArtsWorcester Biennial 2017 opening reception, 6-8 p.m., Aurora Gallery, 660 Main St. “Since 1985, the ArtsWorcester Biennial has exhibited the region’s best visual art, with an extraordinary range of works by leading and emerging artists.” That’s quite the track record. Back for its 17th iteration, this year’s exhibition will feature 56 works by 53 artists culled from 330 submissions. That’s quite the culling.
The Best in Show winner gets a $1,000 cash award plus an installation at Worcester Art Museum. That’s quite the grand prize. There will be a Teen Night, 5-7 p.m. May 8, and a viewing party co-hosted by LGBTQ events group Airspray, 6-9 p.m. May 19. On display through June 2, gallery hours are noon-4 p.m. Thursday-Saturday or by appointment.
Saturday, May 6 — “Sensory Play” opening reception, 6-9 p.m., East Gallery, Sprinkler Factory, 38 Harlow St. Double music. Double lacrosse. And now double art. A wise man once said, “It takes two to make a thing go right.” So, y’know, you’re welcome! A wise man also once said, “When the Sprinkler Factory has a show featuring local artists — especially one curated by Stacy Lord and Laura Marotta — you should probably just go.” We’re here for you, people.
And this one’s got a twist. “Sensory Play” “explores the boundaries of our senses, and challenges the audience to engage with art in a physical way. The fine art pieces are meant to be touched and/or manipulated, adding an entirely new experience for gallery guests.” Running through May 28 (with a closing reception that day, 1-4 p.m.), the gallery is open 1-4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. The opening reception is free and open to the public.